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Tough Guise Reaction C13 - Intro to Soc From Watching Tough Guise-Violence Media the Crisis in Masculinity I have awaken to the social construction of masculine identities in our country during the past 20th century I always knew of the social differences between males and females because these are what we have been brought up with Jackson Katz shows how masculinity has developed as a social construction a performance or role in short a tough guise The film focused attention on the overwhelming and overlooked statistical relationship between violent crime and gender in our society Most of these crimes are committed by males in fact over 90 of them are However when a female commits a violent crime it is made more public and is looked upon as more of a shocking crime Some examples of these crimes are date rape domestic violence and high school massacres Katz also singles out some violent male icons such as Rocky Rambo and Terminator Also there are clips shown of our popular feminist bashers Howard Stern Andrew Dice Clay and Rush Limbaugh Violence in professional sports and action games are all related to the male backfire against womens economic and social gains because they threaten traditional assumptions of male supremacy As the film winds down Katz also points to developments in popular culture which present positive versions of masculinity These include celebrities like Garth Brooks Christopher Reeve Mark McGwire his personal favorite and Q-Tip I was happy to hear the positive developments even though the negatives do a little out weighing I found myself almost angry at times during this film because of the sad and absolute truth in it I think it would be very effective for every young male to watch Tough Guise as impossible as that sounds I know I will be paying more attention to films commercials and other forms of media and culture in our society
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